Paul Bakery Grand Opening Monday May 2

Though they soft opened this weekend and the space/food looks awesome! Their Web site says:

PAUL will be located in one of DC’s most prime retail/restaurant locations: 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, with its front doors opening onto the plaza of the US Navy War Memorial, and directly across from The National Archives. A second PAUL store will open in Georgetown at the corner of Wisconsin Ave. and M St. NW later in the year.

The design at PAUL will inspire French comfort in a warm and welcoming ambiance, and will be complemented by gracious service. The décor will be reminiscent of authentic French bakeries and is designed to allow guests to feel transported and comfortable. The 3,220 square foot bakery will offer seating for 50 at charming café tables and booth seating. PAUL will also feature stunning views of the Navy Memorial fountains from its outdoor terrace seating.

PAUL is world-renown with nearly 500 stores in 25 countries, and in such prime locations as London, Amsterdam, Madrid, Tokyo, Bahrain, Belgium, Jordan, Qatar and Switzerland. We are very proud to now open a PAUL bakery-café in Washington, DC!

Their sandwiches sound awesome but I’m really psyched to try one of their baguettes.

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  • YAY 😀

    used to live in miami beach when PAUL opened down there…it is amazing! all of their food is pure yumminess. i highly recommend the baked goods, especially the almond croissants.

    welcome, PAUL, welcome!

  • Another one is going in and Wisconsin and M – just south of Banana Republic.

  • A nice French bakery is so wonderful. I hope it’s a lot better than an Au Bon Pain.

    • ah

      It is – better bread.

      I just finished a tuna sandwich. Ample sized, good tuna flavor, excellent bread. Priced reasonably, although below what the prices quoted on the menu ($6.50 perhaps opening week special pricing?). Sandwiches are premade, but they happily made one without tomato for me, which took a few minutes.

      Pastries looked really nice, but aren’t cheap. $15 for a box of 12 small macaroons, or you can get individual ones that are much larger (about 3″ diameter, 1″ thick) for $5. Baguettes were $2 or less, and they had other types of bread as well.

      The space is surprisingly small. Real estate is expensive, but putting aside the kitchen/baking area, it’s not a whole lot larger than many starbucks.

  • I went to Paul in Paris a few weeks ago. Nearly as good as some of the mom and pop bakeries. I just hope and pray that they get the macaroons right.

  • Wow, the photos on the website look very tempting. Can’t wait to stop by.

  • Yes! My biggest food hunt since moving to DC has been finding an edible AND tasty baguette. Hope this opening ends the search.

    • They’re actually plentiful in this town, you just have to look in the right places. Despite the fact that so many people manage to screw them up, a good baguette is not difficult to make.

    • You should learn to bake them! They will always be better than store-bought…

  • I walk past here every day, and given its location, I’m dubious. But, I’ll give it a shot.

  • OMG so going to try this place.

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